Like Joy Harjo, Chickasaw writer Linda
Hogan weaves together the beautiful and the terrible. Her poetry and
fiction grapple with the reality of mixed blood so common in the
cultural polyglot of the Southwest, and with the tragic history of
Native Americans and the loss of their lands.
The landscape, animal spirits, bat medicine, and traditional tribal
cultures compete in hogans writing with the technological onslaught of
the twentieth century. Her bittersweet realizations about her mixed
heritage echo in the works of Hispanic writers such as Alberto Rios and
Denise Chavez. Starting in the 1990s, Hogan turned her attention to
fiction, publishing such volumes as Solar
Spirit, and Power. Recipient of an American
Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Hogan has for many years taught
at the University of Colorado.